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September 22, 2014

Starting Conversations About Orphans

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Are you having trouble communicating why you have chosen to walk the adoption journey? Or maybe you have tried time and time again to get your church to start an adoption or orphan care ministry, and it just hasn’t clicked yet. How do you start and kindly facilitate a conversation that shows God’s heart for the orphan and our response as the church? Host a Coffee Conversation. Coffee shops tend to create an environment where people connect through conversations over a warm cup of joe or a refreshing iced latte. Recreate this atmosphere by hosting an intentional Coffee Conversation with your church, Sunday school class or small group. Maybe it’s a one-on-one meeting with your pastor at a local coffee shop or maybe it’s an event with small group.  Use this kit to help you share about the needs and opportunities to care for orphans with provided discussion questions and scripture … Continue reading

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September 19, 2014

“God created us to be parents.” {Family Friday}

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We struggled with infertility for over three years before we began our adoption journey.  Despite our struggles we knew without a doubt that God had created us to be parents.  In the midst of these challenges, we realized that God had better plans for our family – plans to build our family through adoption. Adoption has always been a part of our lives through family and friends who have adopted. Prior to adopting our son, Forrest, we were able to see the many blessings that come through adoption through these family members and friends. As we began praying about adoption we quickly realized that was God’s perfect plan for our family.  It was almost 2 years after we began the process that our precious son was born. Over those 2 years we experienced many highs and lows, hopes and disappointments, joys and sorrows.  But, throughout the process we knew God … Continue reading

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September 17, 2014

Impacting Lives in the Midst of Ukraine’s Conflict

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“I liked these people. I liked the way they lived, communicated with each other, prayed and studied the Bible. Looking at them, I wanted to know more about God.”  – Viktoria, Ukraine Graduate In the midst of the challenging conflict in Ukraine, God is showing Himself faithful by working in the lives of young people like Viktoria.  Viktoria, neglected and taken to the orphanage at the age of 7, did not find comfort or security from the orphanage workers. In fact, they quickly labeled her a “problem child” and vocally predicted her life would end in the slums.  Then a team of caring Christians came and kept coming back to the orphanage to host Bible studies, craft time and English lessons. Individuals who reached out to her, invited her to their activities and taught her about Jesus Christ. Because of this relationship built over time, Viktoria chose to live in a Lifesong Transition … Continue reading

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September 15, 2014

$10 for Toilets

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$10 for Toilets — Help Meet a Need! With 600 students living on campus, you can imagine the bathrooms get a lot of use and wear.   The boy’s bathrooms on the Plan Escalon campus in Honduras are in serious need of repairs and updates. Several of the fixtures no longer work, causing significant health and sanitary issues.  Orphan Advocate John Geyerman (Schlotzsky’s VP & Retail Orphan Initiative member) saw the need himself on a recent Vision Trip. Recognizing this desperate need, he has launched a campaign to fund this renovation. Will you join him? He’s already raised $1200 and needs your help to meet the $10,000 goal. Check out his campaign page to learn more & donate. GIVE TODAY!

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September 12, 2014

“When we were most desperate, God answered…”

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In 2011, we spent 2.5 months in Tanzania and found ourselves on multiple occasions among orphaned children. God began turning the wheels of adoption in our hearts there, and when we returned, He continued speaking to us. Over the course of six months, I (Rebecca) began hearing about adoption often, in church, at work, various media, and began listening to the message. I finally recognized God was pressing this upon us and brought it up with Nate, who was easily on board. The next day, the pastor even spoke of our beautiful adoption as God’s children in his sermon, at which point Nate nudged me. Since then, we’ve experienced repeated affirmation of this calling in our lives to pursue adoption to begin expanding our family. Our initial desire was to pursue adoption from Tanzania, a place we feel called to in the future, but they do not allow international adoption. … Continue reading

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September 8, 2014

4 Upcoming Conferences

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Mark your calendars for these upcoming conferences created specifically with your needs in mind. Whether you are an adoptive or foster parent, church leader, social care worker, orphan advocate, or all of the above, take the opportunity to grow and learn about the resources and encouragement available to you.  Empowered to ConnectSeptember 13-14 {Washington DC} Empowered To Connect, together with Show Hope, hosts the Empowered To Connect Conference — a two-day event designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be. The conference features Dr. Karyn Purvis together with Michael & Amy Monroe, and is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption or foster care and those who are serving and supporting others, including social workers, agency professionals, church staff and … Continue reading

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September 5, 2014

God Provided in an Incredible Way! {Family Friday}

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Lifesong was a great resource for us financially, and provided us with some educational tools as well. The fundraising piece made our adoption so much more possible than we ever imagined. The ability to send people to your site so they had a safe place to give and get a tax-deductible receipt was the biggest. We had an incredible God-thing with Lifesong and our fund-raising. We had a family at church talk to me one day, and they heard the stress I had with our current adoption bills, and offered to pray. A couple weeks later, they called saying an anonymous person they knew wanted to give toward our adoption. I gave them our Lifesong account info and didn’t think too much about it. (We had many people say they wanted to give to our adoption, but never follow through.) A few weeks after that, I had called to try to … Continue reading

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